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SNIPPETS

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  • The Kings March show has now been cancelled. (Show Diary)
     

  • The Downland show due to be held on the 2nd April has been cancelled. (Show Diary)
     

  • The Cornforth Show is moving to a new, hopefully permanent home at Spennymoor (Co Durham) (Show Diary)
     

  • Eastbourne show on the 29th July has been changed to 22nd July.  (Show Diary)
     

  • The Agility Rocks show on 26 February has been cancelled. (Show Diary)
     

  • A statement from June Richardson clarifying the situation with show processor iSS. (Show Snippets)
     

  • The T&A show on 11th November is now the 18th November. All other details remain the same. (Show Diary)
     

  • Following an injury last year and complications, regrettably Chris Hare has had to cancel all the 2017 Hare 'n Hounds shows. (Show Snippets)
     

  • Agility Team GB Performance Weekend has been announced. (Show Snippets)
     

  • The Hatton Agility Festival is set for a premier fourth year next May, showcasing four dog sports. (Show Snippets)
     

NEWS & INFO

Agility Against Cancer
Cancer is all around us! It can strain daily life and finances, AAC can offer help with that bill or help to fundraise. If you are an agility person currently fighting cancer or know someone who is suffering. email for support. Together we are stronger!

Training & Education News
Following the sell-out inaugural conference in 2016, the FORWARD Symposium is back on Sunday, 5th February 2017 with a new line-up of speakers, fresh topics and a larger venue of Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey.

Rescue News
Don't know what to do with your now defunct soft tunnel? Don't throw it away. Sue Culmer and Linda Seaton are hoping to rehome many of them to rescue organisations to use as shelters.
Training Places & Spaces
Looking for some new or experienced handlers to fill your classes? Email the details and we will post them for you. These clubs have vacancies.
  • KATS (Hants)

  • Sturminster Newton (Dorset)

  • Gleniffer (Renfrewshire)

  • Maidstone Activity Dogs (Kent)

  • FRACAS (Herts)

IMCA / PAWC 2016
The UK has been quietly going to IMCA & PAWC for a number of years, but this year they had something to shout about. Could they now be the UK's most successful international Team? Team Leader Linda Croxford reports.

RESCUE US

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes. Yes, there are quite a few collies but there are also other breeds of all sizes and, on occasion, some from outside the UK.


The Rescue page is sponsored by Akela WholePrey

You can now add potential agility dogs direct, using the on-line form. This is a free to rescue organisations and private individuals!

E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey

SCHEDULES

It's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


WHAT'S NEW...

Lower Height Option  Data Analysis
The 4th Height Supporters Group carried out research on Kennel Club shows over a four month period in 2016 in order to analyse what was happening at shows where LHO was offered.

Dog StreamZ Smart Collar Review
Sue Culmer offered to review some Dog StreamZ collars which were kindly donated to her rescue to test and here are her findings.

In Memory
Chris Barrett passed away on 8th January after a long fight with cancer and is now pain free. He usually had a smile on his face and a conversation with him always ended in a smile.

For those who wish to attend his funeral, it will be held on Friday, 10th February at 12.00pm at the Medway Crematorium (Bluebell Hill), Robin Hood Lane, Chatham, ME5 9QU.

Agilitynet FB
Our sister site has just broken through the 18,000 member mark!
 In celebration of that milestone, why don't you introduce yourself and your dog?

Qualifiers News
The beginning of the year is the time when when the heats for the various competitions are announced. There is something for every level from Starters to advanced with rosettes and trophies galore and, in some cases, cash prizes so well worth a go.

Suppliers News
Yellow Hound Lifestyle Animal Photography is having an end of year clear out of 2016 images with 10% of proceeds going to Agility Against Cancer. This offer is live now and will run until 31st January 2017. After this date the galleries and images will be deleted.


Congratulations to cycling Team Agria! Once again, they’ve conquered the notoriously tough Extra Mile Challenge, and in doing so, raised crucial funds for three exceptional charities – Medical Detection Dogs, Service Dogs UK and Willen Hospice.

Beware of Ball Flingers!
They may be fun but they could damage your dog's agility life. Lynn Weterhall shares her story how an innocent thing like throwing a ball injured her dog Smudge.

Looking back at... Taryntimers
The Taryntimer electronic timing system was introduced to the UK way back in 2000. Before that, all timing was done by hand, often by someone's partner who wasn't running a dog. For a fascinating insight into the history of Agility, read this article, written for judges and clubs who were not convinced that electronic timing would work!

AGILITYNET STUFF

New Year's Honours List
Move over Sir Andy, Sir Mo and Dame Jessica. Here come the agility handlers. Please put your hands together for those people who won out or moved up a level at a KC or UKA show in 2016. Next year it could be you!

You can still apply for a Winning Out Certificate by going to on-line entry form but do it soon as the absolute final final deadline is Monday, 13 February 2017.

Senior Agility League
The 2017 SAL has now started. The Oldies have fun too...just at a slower pace. Join SAL today and start counting points.

Give a big, warm agility welcome to the new sponsor of the Senior League - The Big Dg Bed Company, makers of good quality, comfortable beds for dogs of all sizes and specialist, active recovery orthopaedic beds for working dogs.

End of the Year Numb3rs
Can't believe it is December already and it's almost time to take stock. Here are some stats as of the 1st December.

  • More than 470 shows on the Show Diary

  • 505 members of the Senior Agility League

  • 1,500+ applications for 2016 Winning Out Certificates

  • Approx 500 judges on the A-List

  • 17,800 plus members on Agllitynet FB and growing

2016 Winning Out Certificates
Drum roll... They're back and free to anyone who has won out or moved up a level at a Kennel Club or UK Agility show. Just fill in the online application before 27th December and we'' send you an Agilitynet Winning Out Certificate in February. Thank you to those nice people at Lintbell's for their continued support.

Crufts Car Stickers
The Kennel Club has kindly provided us 100 ‘I’ve qualified my dog for Crufts 2017’ car stickers to distribute to anyone who has qualified for Crufts 2017 -either as an individual or as part of a team. The stickers are free of charge but if you would like to make a small, completely voluntary contribution to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust that would be great. Just send a standard size SAE to Agilitynet, 38 Northolme Road, London N5 2UU.

SPECIALS

Proud to Choose LHO
Beth Rachlis has one of those smaller Large dogs. She's found the Lower Height Option made all the difference to her very nervous rescue dog, Izzie.

Agility Wit & Wisdom
Dear Weather... Dawn Gilmour appeals to the gods of climate change.

Poetry In Motion
Charlotte Allen has written a poem called 'Stick to the Plan' to remind us all what the most important thing about agility is to remember - that we only have a relatively short time to have fun with our four legged friends. 

Ryedale K9 Agility Club in N. Yorkshire has posted Charlotte's poem (with permission) on their FB page and made a small donation to Ryedale Dog Rescue where they train.

Rub a Dub Tub
Tubby is a street dog who has found a new life as an agility dog and much loved pet with Lucy Wheelwright.


WANTED...

How can we help you find that elusive item you've been desperately seeking? Try a free 'want' ad. If you don't ask, you might not get.

STANDARD FEATURES

Media News
A casting company that was looking for dogs for a feature film called Show Dog has had more than 200 applications thanks to Agilitynet and Agilitynet FB.

Agility Champ Dogs
Congratulations to Sam Lane with Daim, Hannah Houldsworth with Bell, Jenny Lambert with Wizz and Monica Kerr with Kayla who achieved Ag.Ch. status this past year.

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified KC and UKA judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Last 10 judges to join or update their entries:-

  • Sophie Macbeth

  • Nicki Hyland

  • Alan Mitchell -Updated

  • Jordi Boix Baro (Spain)

  • Lisa Holler

  • Chris Huckle -Updated

  • Jen Slade

  • Hayley Howatt

  • Pat Last

  • Robin Gretenkort


REVIEWS

Ball Thrower Bag
News...
The Ball Thrower Bag has now gone international. Someone from California, USA has ordered one!

If you throw, launch or chuck balls for your dogs, you'll want to know more about this new product. Rosie Lander reviews the clever new Ball Thrower Bag.

But I Can't Take Treats & Toys into the Ring!
How do others seem to glide effortlessly from training to competition while you struggle? Would you like to know the secret? Janet Windsor reviews this 3 disc DVD, made by Brit ex-pat Lynne Stephens and Karen Mielke, which attempts to answer this and other questions about cues as reinforcers.

Agility Course Plans
Looking for some ideas for practicing in the garden or training at Club. Zeffrienne D’Ulivo-Rogers reviews Helen Anderson's new book which is chocked full of more than 250 suggestions for agility exercises and full size ring course plans .

The Adventures of Two Poodles & a Mouse
Gill Pipe reviews the delightful Adventures of Two Poodles and a Mouse. It's is a perfect gift for kids of all ages, not just poodle lovers. Based on two agility dogs and their little friend, it was written by an agility widower Wilfred (aka Derek) Cheek.

iFetch
Julie Tai
t kindly reviewed the iFetch automatic ball launcher for Agilitynet with the help of her dogs Alfie and Poppy. What fun they had!

LEAGUES

Lurcher & Sighthound Agility League
The LSA League is open to all Lurchers & Sighthounds that compete in agility in the UK with the aim of showing that these leggy hounds are great for agility.

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it!

The Animal Health Co Classic
What are the chances that three handlers from the same club would qualify for the AHC Final in the same heat. Well, that's what happened at the Orchard Summer Show.

Royal Canin® Agility Challenge
International judge Barrie James' reports on the Royal Canin® Challenge Final at the popular Malvern show. It was a cracking final but don't mention the quackers!

Read Howard Richards' account of Team Hollie day out at the Finals to find out what happened from a competitor's point of view.

LOW 550
Starting in July 2016, there will be a new national jumping competition called LOW 550 for handlers wishing to compete in a prestigious qualifier at the same height as the Lower Height Option at Kennel Club Agility tests, sponsored by the SMART Clinic.

Brillo Bounce
Congratulations to everyone who has qualified so far for the Brillo International Bounce Finals which will be held at Blenheim ATC Agility Show Weekend on 10th September 2016, judged by Championship Agility Judge Mike Hallam.

Skinners Jumping Grand Prix
It
's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the second Skinners Grand Prix at the Chatsworth Country Fair did just that. The winner had to leave home for the show at 4am but it was worth it.

LOW 550 Scotland
LOW 550 Scotland got underway at Gleniffer  on Saturday, 4th September with a fast, flowing course designed by Judge Aileen Darling. Read her report on the first heat of this competition.

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